I am a 25 year old white male who has suffered from severe positional vertigo, and anxiety for close to 4 years now.
I always believed that it had something to do with my heart, but in 2005, after seeing a cardiologist, I was cleared. He just listened to my heart, did a ekg, an echo, and did the 24 hour monitor. He said the echo showed a "slight" leak on my heart, but nothing to worry about, as he had the same thing.
Here recently I felt as if I was having troubles with my heart....
Sometimes when standing up I cant breathe.....I feel my pulse like straining in my neck, feels like its all bunched up or something.
I was having some real left sided chest pains that persisted.
So I went back to the cardiologist, and he an ekg, echo and stress test.
At the time, I hadn;t had any "real" panic attacks, or surges of anxiety, plus I was in pretty good shape.
When the hurse was giving me my echo she said "hmmmm....do you smoke"...I said "no"...she said"your heart is thickening up some, looks like your having trouble with high blood pressure".
But when then doc came in there, he said the number is just "slightly" elevated.
Interesting to note, there is three people in my family with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
Anyway...afterwards...a lot of family stress and anxiety started happening. I had several major panic attacks where I thoguht I was having a heart attack, and my left side would go completely numb, my face would droop, poains in my chest.
Since then, my heart has acted different....like its easier to get out of rhythm, or I cant catch my beath, or I can feel or see it beating real hard in my stomach and throat all the time.
Plus the chest pains, which sometimes become back pains.
I eat well...I dont smoke...only thing I dont do is excersize and keep a good job.
My question is....with the positional vertigo, vascular disease is suspected, and we're investigating that right now.
But is that echo 2-3 months ago sufficient enough to say that my heart and arteries are "okay?".
I bought a home blood monitor, a nice accurate one. And everytime it reads my blood pressure....its HIGH, like 135/98. I can be just chillin and it'll read that.
But at the doctor office, Im usually very calm, and somewhere around 135/85-90.
Hi! I am not qualified to answer such serious questions...but..I really think you should either go back to your cardiologist with your questions..or re-post your question in the "Ask a Dr" forum..where a real Dr could answer for you....
Doesn't matter, think like this way. Remember who is the Dr reassured you. If your heart went wrong he/she'll pull out his/her heart and give it to you. That's what reassured meants, I suppose. You're not alone.
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